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Is there a latent anti-establishment wave in Russia? And Can Navalny ride it?

Is there a latent anti-establishment wave in Russia? And Can Navalny ride it?

Aleksei Navalny's announcement this week that he plans to run for president and give a voice to Russia's disenfranchised has suddenly made the 2018 election much more interesting.

It also raises an important question: Can the populist antiestablishment tsunami that has engulfed the West also strike Russia? And can Navalny ride the wave?

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, I discuss this with co-host Mark Galeotti, a senior policy fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows; and Moscow-based journalist Anna Arutunyan, author of the book The Putin Mystique: Inside Russia's Power Cult.

Also on the podcast, Mark, Anna, and I talk about Forbes magazine naming Vladimir Putin the world's most powerful man for the fourth consecutive year.

Enjoy...

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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or

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